MAD Symposium


The MAD Symposium is the cornerstone of our programming. On a small island in Copenhagen’s harbor, we assemble the brilliant, influential figures from the cooking world and other disciplines together with a curious, engaged audience. During a two-day immersive experience, attendees discuss the things that matter most in food, like sustainable agriculture, social entrepreneurship, science, health, and creativity. Audience members, often beginning their careers, stand shoulder to shoulder with luminaries like René Redzepi, Ferran Adrìa, Jay Fai, David Chang, Angela Dimayuga, Diana Kennedy, and Vandana Shiva, working together to come up with ways to make food better.

Attendees from around the globe report returning home with a new sense of inspiration, confidence, and community, along with practical ideas to improve their restaurants, workplaces, and communities.

Our latest symposium, MAD6, was held on August 26-27, 2018, bringing the food world together to look at the gap between where we are as an industry today, and where we want to be tomorrow.

In 2019, we’re taking those insights gained from the remarkable speakers and guests of MAD6 and building upon them, all while laying the foundations of some of our most important initiatives yet. The MAD Symposium will continue on a bi-annual basis, and we can’t wait to host you – whether you’re an old alum or a new friend – in 2020 for MAD7.



About MAD

MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.